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Dementia screening for urban Aboriginal Australians: a pilot study

Principal Researcher(s): Prof. Lisa Jackson Pulver

Other Researchers/Staff: Prof. Tony Broe, A/Prof. Dave Grayson, Dr. Simon Chalkley, Prof. Leon Flicker, Ms.Gail Daylight, Dr. Holly Mack

Corresponding Author: Dr. Holly Mack

Published by: Primary Dementia Collaborative Research Centre

Published on: August 2012

Dementia is a growing concern for Aboriginal Australians (1-2), but remains poorly understood in urban and regional (i.e., non-remote) Aboriginal peoples, who comprise the vast majority of Australia’s Indigenous population (3). There is a need for better understanding of dementia and appropriate services in these communities, but one of the major obstacles for research and clinical practice is that there are no validated cognitive screening tools for use in urban/regional populations. How to effectively and appropriately assess dementia and cognitive impairment is a key issue in working with (older) Aboriginal people.

Category: ATSI Service Delivery Research Rural & Remote Service Delivery

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 5 years ago

Dr Kevin Doughty Presentation from The Embedding and Mainstreaming Smart AT in Community Care Service Provision Event

In this one day interactive Workshop held in Brisbane on 8 September 2015 , Dr Doughty demonstrated the  implementation of Smart Assistive Technology into Service Delivery drawing from proven International best practice in community care service delivery.

Due to popular demand we have provided a link to Dr Doughty's presentation below:

Category: Future Trends & Possibilies International Perspectives Smart AT General

Added by Elizabeth Dodd · 5 years ago

Technologies for Dementia Care in the Home

An informative webinar presented by Dr. Carrie Peterson on how the use of technology can assist with dementia care in the home.

About Carrie Peterson:

Carrie Peterson, PhD, has degrees in Human Services, Psychology, Gerontology, and her PhD thesis in Engineering was on Quality of Life and technology in dementia care. Carrie has been a volunteer, private carer, worked in day care programs, hospice, and in research over the past 30 years. She is an independent consultant in aging, long-term care, and dementia services. Carrie has worked with private families, long-term care facilities, universities, businesses, start-ups, research centers, Non-Governmental Organizations, and health and social care services in Denmark. Carrie focuses on innovation in dementia care, working to develop and evaluate health and social care services for people and families living with dementia. 

Click the link below to view the webinar:

Category: International Perspectives Smart AT General Videos

Added by Elizabeth Dodd · 5 years ago

OrCam - See for yourself

 Author: Jack Regan

Published By: CNN Money

Published On: August 2016

OrCam is an intuitive portable device with a smart camera designed to assist people who are visually impaired.

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The product was also featured on CNN Money

Category: Videos Vision

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 5 years ago


 Author: Feros Care

Published By: Feros Care 

Published:  2016

Known as is Wheel-I-Am, is Feros Care’s latest recruit and is essentially an iPad mounted on a miniature Segway base.

The concept is simple – to keep seniors socially connected by using technology so residents who are less mobile and unable to go on social outings can still be part of the fun.

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Category: Communication Future Trends & Possibilies Mobility Robotics Videos

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 5 years ago

Improving Dental Experiences by Using Virtual Reality

Author: Karin Tanja-Dijkstra1, Sabine Pahl , Mathew P. White, Jackie Andrade, Cheng Qian, Malcolm Bruce, Jon May, David R. Moles

Published By: School of Psychology Plymouth University 

Published: 2014

Dental anxiety creates significant problems for both patients and the dental profession. Some distraction interventions are

already used by healthcare professionals to help patients cope with unpleasant procedures. The present study is novel

because it a) builds on evidence that natural scenery is beneficial for patients, and b) uses a Virtual Reality (VR)

representation of nature to distract participants. Extending previous work that has investigated pain and anxiety during

treatment, c) we also consider the longer term effects in terms of more positive memories of the treatment, building on a

cognitive theory of memory (Elaborated Intrusions). Participants (n = 69) took part in a simulated dental experience and

were randomly assigned to one of three VR conditions (active vs. passive vs. control). In addition, participants were

distinguished into high and low dentally anxious according to a median split resulting in a 362 between-subjects design. VR

distraction in a simulated dental context affected memories a week later. The VR distraction had effects not only on

concurrent experiences, such as perceived control, but longitudinally upon the vividness of memories after the dental

experience had ended. Participants with higher dental anxiety (for whom the dental procedures were presumably more

aversive) showed a greater reduction in memory vividness than lower dental-anxiety participants. This study thus suggests

that VR distractions can be considered as a relevant intervention for cycles of care in which people’s previous experiences

affect their behaviour for future events.

Category: Case Studies Research Virtual Environments

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 5 years ago

The Future of Driverless Cars

Author: The Daily Conversation

Published By: Youtube

Published On: 4 February 2015

Autonomous vehicles have made significant progress in the last decade and should be available to buy very soon. In this TDC mini-doc, The Daily Conversation look at the history of "self-driving" vehicles, where the industry is today, and what our roads will look like in the future.

View the video here;

Category: Transport Videos Future Trends & Possibilies

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 5 years ago

Personal Adaptive Mobility Aid for the Infirm and Elderly Blind

Author: Gerard Lacey, Kenneth M. Dawon-Howe, David Vernon 

Published By: Computer Science Dept., School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin

Published On:  2015

This technical report describes ongoing research into the development of a robotic mobility aid (PAM-AID) for people with a visually impairment who also require support during walking. These disabilities coincide most often in the elderly and as the elderly constitute almost two thirds of all blind people (due to the fact that blindness occurs most often in the over 65's).Some of the elderly blind have difficulty in using the common mobility aids such as the long cane or guide dog and consequently have little opportunity for independent exercise. PAM-AID will provide both a physical support during walking and a mobility aid thus providing an opportunity for independent activity. This report examines issues related to mobility for the blind and pays particular attention to the needs of the elderly or frail.

Category: Mobility Robotics

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 5 years ago

Recent trends in assistive technology for mobility

Loss of physical mobility makes maximal participation in desired activities more difficult and in the worst case fully prevents participation. This paper surveys recent work in assistive technology to improve mobility for persons with a disability, drawing on examples observed during a tour of academic and industrial research sites in Europe.

The underlying theme of this recent work is a more seamless integration of the capabilities of the user and the assistive technology. This improved integration spans diverse technologies, including powered wheelchairs,prosthetic limbs, functional electrical stimulation, and wearable exoskeletons. Improved integration is being accomplished in three ways: 1) improving the assistive technology mechanics; 2) improving the user-technology physical interface; and 3) sharing of control between the user and the technology. We provide an overview of these improvements in user-technology integration and discuss whether such improvements have the potential to be transformative for people with mobility impairments.

Category: Mobility Robotics

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 5 years ago

Smart Wheelchairs: A literature Review

Author: Richard Simpson

Published By: Journal of Research and Development

Published On: August 2005

Several studies have shown that both children and adults benefit substantially from access to a means of independent mobility. While the needs of many individuals with disabilities can be satisfied with traditional manual or powered wheelchairs, a segment of the disabled community finds it difficult or impossible to use wheelchairs independently. To accommodate this population, researchers have used technologies originally developed for mobile robots to create 'smart wheelchairs'. Smart wheelchairs have been the subject of research since the 1980s and have been developed on four continents. This article presents a summary of the current state of the art and directions for future research.

Category: Mobility Research Robotics Transport

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 5 years ago